Sochi 2014 “Our Champions” to Teach Paralympic Lessons in Schools across Russia
17 May 2013
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has begun a series of Paralympic lessons taught by the Sochi 2014 "Our Champions" in schools in the cities across Russia. During the lessons, Paralympic athletes will not only tell children about their lives and achievements in sport, but also educate them about the upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi, which are designed to be a catalyst for the social integration of people with disabilities. By the end of the year, the lessons - aimed at raising awareness of Paralympic sport to pupils - will take place in educational institutions in all federal districts of Russia.
The first lesson in Moscow was conducted by Paralympic athlete Ivan Goncharov, who competes in cross-country skiing and biathlon. He told pupils about his sporting career, the Russian Paralympic team and Paralympic sports at the 2014 Games in Sochi. He also stressed the features of the Paralympic competitions and how important it is for people with a disability to have passionate support of spectators during the competitions to be able to compete at their very best.
Lessons to promote the Paralympic Games and values will now be held in the several home cities of the Sochi 2014 "Our Champions" across Russia. Thanks to the fact that the "Our Champions" team will soon be joined by new members, Paralympic lessons will be extended to all federal districts of Russia by the end of 2013.
Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" Ivan Goncharov, representing the Central Federal District, said:
"There is very little time until the Paralympic Winter Games, with ticket sales starting for these exciting and inspiring competitions in early autumn. It is very important that people learn more about the Paralympic Games and have the chance to witness the magnificent celebration of Paralympic sport. For me, the Paralympic Games in Sochi are highly significant, and I am preparing for the Games very seriously. I am certain that the lessons with the participation of Sochi 2014 "Our Champions" will help pupils and their relatives find out more about the Games, and support for our team on the Sochi stands will be really impressive."
Notes to the Editor
The Sochi Paralympic Winter Games will take place from 7 to 16 of March, 2014. There will be 5 Paralympic sports and 72 sets of awards. 1,650 Paralympic athletes and team members from more than 45 countries will come to the Paralympic Games.
2011 saw the start of a complex Program to raise awareness among the population of Russia about the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Values. It will last right up until 2014. Part of the Program is the Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project, the main objective of which is to promote Paralympic Values and spread information about Paralympic sportsmen and women in various federal districts of our country. The Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project is enabling people to get to know some of our Paralympians' stories, and how they have overcome difficult circumstances in their lives and managed to get on to the winner's podium at Russian and international sporting events.
The presenting partner of the Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project is Visa, a TOP Partner of the Olympic Games for more than 26 years, partner of the Paralympic Games since 2002 and General Partner of the Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.